OUTLaw, the WVU College of Law’s LGBTQ advocacy group partnered with the ACLU for a panel discussion.
The panel, Transforming Appalachia, focused on the issues within the transgender community. Four transgender people shared their personal experiences and Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer discussed her work within the community.
OUTLaw president, Jill Gibson, says the main goal was to raise awareness about discrimination and to bring people together.
“In general, I think it’s just very important that we support one another. There are a lot of different labels and a lot of different things, but it all comes back to we are all just people trying to be safe and happy in our lives and hopefully more events like this will show the transgender community that there are people that care about them.”
OUTLaw hosts guest speakers annually and aims to foster open communication.